Paper Bag Luminaries for the “Glamp”site

Camping Luminary Tutorial - (1 of 1) 
You guys know that I love to “glamp”.

Give me trees, give me campfires, give me marshmallows on sticks….. but also give me power, water, a trailer, and the ability to blend a margarita.

It’s a happy medium, I think.  

Today, a group of us bloggy-types are showing off different projects to add some “glam” to the campsite. From checklists to invitations to bumper stickers to recipes – it’s all there. Camping doesn’t have to be dirty and difficult. It can actually be a teensy bit fancy! 

Battery Operated Tea Lights - (1 of 1)

When I started planning these luminaries, I grabbed my battery operated tealights. This is because paper has a tendency to catch on fire.

And when you’re camping, you don’t need any rogue fires outside of the fire pit. 

Smokey the Bear agrees with me. 

Luminary Paper Bags - (1 of 1)

 I bought these white paper bags at Michaels. The brown paper bags don’t let the light shine through quite as well as the white. 

Camping Cutouts - (1 of 1)

 Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out some camping images out of adhesive cardstock. I love adhesive cardstock because it sticks to pretty much everything and is SO forgiving to work with. But a warning: images should be simple. The more detailed you get, the more difficult it is to play with. 

Camping Cutouts in Paper Bags - (1 of 1) 

Slap the cut-outs onto the inside of the paper bags.

And if you’re bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a Silhouette, don’t despair! You don’t have to use cardstock in this instance. Instead, while you’re camping, have kiddos put stickers or coloured tissue paper on the inside of the bags. It’s a great camping craft.  

Punching out Patterns in Luminaries  - (1 of 1)

 Or break out your hole punches and decorate the tops of your paper bags. This is another very kid-friendly craft. (p.s. I highly recommend the Crop-A-Diles by We R Memory Keepers. I flipping LOVE those punches. They’ll slice through anything!) 

Campsite Luminaries  - (1 of 1) 

When the lights go down and campfire is lit, the tealights illuminate the bags. And the once-faint symbols are now easy to see! 

Camping Luminary Tutorial - (1 of 1)

Campsites can be dark-dark-dark at night, and these simple, safe, and portable luminaries are a great way to light a path to a tent, trailer, or road. 

And if you’re having a camping party, what better way to add mood lighting than these themed luminaries?!? 

Get your glamp on this summer – and fancy up the campsite! 

9 Great Glamping Projects

Get inspired for your next “glamping trip” with these amazing projects from my friends. 

From left to right, they are:

“Life is Better Around the Campfire” Bumper Sticker by Fynes Designs
Camping Party Invitations by Northstory
15 Easy and Delicious Camping Recipes by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Skillet S’more Brownies by Satori Design for Living
Paper Bag Luminaries by Suburble
How to set up a “Glamping Kitchen” by Echoes of Laughter
DIY Painted Walking Sticks by The DIY Dreamer
Fire Starter Kit in a Jar by Craftberry Bush
Printable Camping Checklist for Kids by Clean and Scentsible 

Get even more ideas from my Camp Out! Pinterest board! 

Follow Tara @ Suburble’s board Camp out! on Pinterest.


  1. says

    Battery operated tea lights…brilliant! I had to laugh at your Smokey the Bear reference. Do kids today even know who he is? Growing up in the 1970/s, I remember his little commercials and films very well. These luminaries are adorable Tara and would be great for a kids sleepover party or birthday party craft too.! Thank you so much for sharing and have a Happy Friday! Angie xo
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    • Tara says

      Oh, my kids have no idea who Smokey is… but I still get freaked out about leaving a campfire when there are glowing coals. I want to pour water until it’s pretty much a sopping mess.

      I love this idea for a sleepover… especially if it was tenting in the backyard!

  2. says

    We started using the battery operated candles for outside (with the exception of citronella to keep the mosquitos away). So much easier! This is such a great craft to get the kids involved in. Take everything along and they can go nuts with the punches and decorating away (while mommy has a margarita)!
    Shauna recently posted…Camping Dessert: Skillet S’more BrowniesMy Profile

    • Tara says

      Oh, I agree with the margarita sentiments. And I love that when you turn a battery-operated tea light off, there isn’t any wax or heat to deal with. If only they made it so that I could switch out the batteries a bit easier… 😛

    • Tara says

      Thanks, Christine! I swear by battery-operated tea-lights now. I don’t hover over the candles like I did when they were real “fire”. And yes, you DO need a Silhouette. They’re fabulous!

    • Tara says

      Thank you, Jenn! Night lights (the patio kind) are my weakness…. I feel like you can’t ever have too many!


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